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24 May

The Real DJI Pro: Phantom 4 Pro or Mavic Pro

Recently, DJI released two new awesome drones that command the sky, the DJI Phantom 4 Pro and the Mavic Pro. Both drones have exceptional features and excel in different aspects of performance and flight. By choosing either drone, you will not be at fault as they are both masters of the sky. Lets take a look at both drones and compare the two. DJI Phantom 4 Pro The Phantom 4 Pro boasts some awesome new hardware and software that make it the best ready to fly drone on the market today. The new and improved 1-inch image sensor is capable of 20MP stills, utilizing a mechanical shutter to eliminate roller shutter distortion. Moreover, the Phantom 4 Pro's new 5-direction obstacle sensing makes sense and...
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22 May

How To Make A Nature Scene Pop In Lightroom

Spring has finally sprung, which means it's time for flower picking, camping trips and long walks through the woods. For photographers, spring means it's finally the season for nature photography. But sometimes a nature scene doesn't show up on camera like it does in real life. Whether the colors or the lighting situation of a nature scene aren't ideal for photos, we often need the help of post processing to make nature pics really pop. Start by opening your photo in Lightroom. First we want to bring some detail back into the highlights and shadows. Decrease the Highlights slider and increase the Shadows slider until your image has a flat, even look. Hold down the Alt key and increase the Whites slider until whites start to...
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18 May

Lumoid Community Shares Favorite Tips & Tricks For Wedding Photography

As a community of photographers here at Lumoid, we’re constantly learning from one another. We want to inspire each other to create and explore and grow, so we reached out to the Lumoid community to gather everyone’s tips and tricks for shooting a wedding. The more than 30 comments we received on Facebook include valuable advice that can only be learned from experience. We’ve compiled some of our favorite feedback here. Get everything in writing. We know it’s tedious, but your contract should be as detailed as possible. It’s best if you can sit down with the bride and groom long before the wedding to talk over specific ideas and expectations. Go over the specific hours you’ll be expected to...
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18 May

Top 10 US Destinations For Drone Photography

Aerial photography has always maintained a sense of majesty - achieving a bird's eye perspective that, no matter how many times you see it, never ceases to amaze. Drone photography has taken off for this reason. Capturing images from the skies is now completely accessible and photographers and videographers are venturing out to to find that one spot that will allow a truly beautiful photograph. We've scouted a few locations across the U.S. that will take your breath away! 10. The Horseshoe of the Colorado River, Arizona A truly eye grabbing location for an aerial image. The water naturally bends around the rock formation allowing an awesome landscape shot! 9. The Maroon Bells, Colorado This is an awesome location to start your drone off low and have...
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16 May

Lumoid Makes Affordability a Priority

Instead of shelling out thousands of dollars for a camera body or lens that you might use a handful of times, try renting instead! Lumoid is leading the charge in providing consumers exceptional affordability when it comes to renting camera bodies, lens, drones, wearables, and audio equipment. With new technology hitting the shelves at dumbfounding rates, it is hard to keep up with the latest gadgets. In addition, with added features and new bells/whistles, a camera or lens you bought 6 months ago essentially becomes obsolete. Lumoid understands this issue and has presented a "try-before-you-buy" philosophy where 20% of your rental cost goes towards credits which you can use for purchasing photo gear. By renting, you are investing in yourself. Revolutionary! Unbeatable...
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15 May

How To Edit The Perfect Backlit Portrait in Photoshop

There's nothing better for portrait photography than that low, soft light of the late afternoon. That sweet Golden Hour is every photographer's best friend, and should be taken advantage of as much as possible whenever you're planning on a portrait shoot. Look up the Golden Hour for the date and location, or simply plan on shooting in the last few hours before the sun sets. When shooting, placing your subject directly in front of that low light to create a dreamy backlit effect. You'll never shoot portraits the same again. Start by opening your photo in Photoshop. If you shot in RAW, you can edit the following steps in Camera Raw. If not, carry on! Create a new adjustment layer and select Curves. My photo...
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8 May

How To Shoot and Edit Pro Interior Design Shots With Lightroom

Whether you're shooting for a restaurant, hotel or someone's personal home, interior design photography can be a great way for photographers to make money and become better known within the photo and business communities. Interior design photography might seem simple - there are generally no moving elements and you're free to manipulate the space as you wish. But there are a few common mistakes beginners make, and easy ways to avoid them. It's a common misconception that large, interior spaces need as wide of a lens as possible. Although a wide lens is helpful, it's not necessary and can sometimes be a detriment to the image. Most lenses that are wider than 24mm on most camera bodies will create a distorted, fish-eye effect. This...
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1 May

How To Edit Low-Light Photos In Lightroom

One of the first techniques we learn as photographers is how to expose an image. We practice finding the midtones of any given scene and adjusting our ISO, shutter speed and aperture to match. We pride ourselves on getting a perfect exposure on the first try, without any post processing adjustments. But sometimes, a perfectly exposed image isn't as perfect as it might seem. Especially if you're shooting outside when the sun is bright, a perfectly exposed picture can sometimes result in a loss of detail. The texture of clouds can get blown out, leaving you with a barren, bright white spot in your image where a beautiful and detailed sky used to be. Or worse, a portrait of someone with very pale skin can...
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24 Apr

Create A Surreal Ocean Portrait In Photoshop

We all have our heads in the clouds from time to time, and with the help of Photoshop, we can bring our day dreams to life. For this tutorial, you'll need a straight-on headshot, an image of water, a cutout of a dolphin and a cutout of a ship. Start by opening your portrait in Photoshop. Crop the portrait until it's a tight shot from the shoulders up. Make sure the Delete Cropped Pixels box is checked at the top of the screen. Use the Crop tool to expand the top of the image so that there's plenty of space for the effect. Click on the Quick Selection Tool on the lefthand toolbar, and make a selection of your subject. Once your subject...
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18 Apr

Perfect Drone Images with Lightroom’s Histogram Tool

In this tutorial, we will show you how to maximize the Histogram tool located on the top right of your Lightroom screen to fully encapsulate your image's true potential. The histogram in essence tells you where your edits should be made when it comes to exposure, contrast, etc. It will outline where certain details are lost and how to recover them. We'll break down the tutorial into five categories: Clipping/Shadows Exposure Contrast Tones Luminance/Saturation Clipping/Shadows To check for clipping, we click the Show Shadow Clipping and Show Highlight Clipping triangular icons on the top left and right. In the photo below, we see a very small portion of red showing that there is no shadow clipping, but a little highlight clipping. Since it...
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